I. DID YOU HAVE BRACES WHEN YOU WERE A
d. Did a lot of kids in your neighborhood, school or family have braces? NO
e. Did you grow up in a city, the suburbs, or in a rural area? NYC
II. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO TO DENTAL SCHOOL?
a. Did you like going to the dentist? NO. BUT IT WAS NECESSARY.
b. Did anyone encourage you to go to dental school? MY DAD
If so, who and what did they tell you?
A PROFESSION WAS IMPORTANT
c. What school subjects helped you with dental school? SCIENCE
d. Did you think about doing any other jobs? NO
e. Did you know that you wanted to be an orthodontist when you started dental school? NO
f. Did you go to college before you went to dental school? YES
III WHAT WAS DENTAL SCHOOL LIKE?
a. How did you choose the dental school that you went to? LOCATION
b. Which dental school did you go to? NYU
c. How many years did you go to dental school? 4
d. What kind of subjects did you study? ACADEMIC & DENTAL
e. Did you work on models? YES
f. Did you work on people or animals at your dental school? PEOPLE
g. Did you learn about how faces change when people get older? YES
h. Did you use computers to learn about how teeth change?
NO COMPUTERS THEN!
i. What did you like most about dental school? GRADUATION
j. Did you learn about how to explain what you are doing to your patients? YES/NO
k. Did you study other parts of the body or just the mouth? YES
l. Did you learn about working on people of all ages? YES
m. Did you enjoy dental school? YES
IV. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SPECIALIZE IN ORTHODONTICS?
a. Was there an orthodontic part of dental school? YES
b. Did you think about working mostly with kids and teenagers? YES
c. Did you want to work on helping people look better? OF COURSE
d. Did you like to look at people's teeth and think about how braces would change their face? YES
e. Did anyone tease you when you decided to be an orthodontist? WHY?
V. WHAT WAS ORTHODONTIC SCHOOL LIKE?
a. Where did you go to orthodontic school? NYU
c. How many years did you go to orthodontic school? 2
d. What percent of your fellow students had braces as a kid? 0
e. Did you work on models or people? YES
f. Did you work on the same people for a long time? 1 - 2 YEARS
g. Did the school teach about how people are supposed to look? YES
h. Did you use computers to study orthodontics? NO
i. Did the school teach you how to work with kids and teenagers? YES/NO
j. Did you watch other orthodontists work with patients? CERTAINLY
VI. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE AN ORTHODONTIST?
a. How long have you been an orthodontist? 15 YEARS
b. Do you have to be strong to be an orthodontist? STRONG OF MIND
c. Do you get tired of working on people's mouths? NEVER
d. What percentage of your patients are kids, teenagers and adults?
What percentage are female and what percentage are male? 50/50
e. Have you ever seen someone have an allergic reaction to their braces? NEVER
f. Is it difficult to explain to kids what's wrong with their bite and what needs to be done?
g. Are kids easier to work with than teenagers?
NO, TEENS ARE EASIER
h. If there is a problem with braces, can kids explain the problem to you? YES
i. Do you put the braces on all at once or do you put them on a little at a time?
1 - 2 VISITS
j. How do you help kids get used to braces? BY EXPLAINING EVERYTHING
l. Do you take pictures of them during their visit? AT TIMES
m. How often do you take x-rays? 1 OR 2 TIMES
n. What happens when kids loose a tooth when their braces are on?
NO BRACES ON DENTITION
o. Do people call you for emergencies a lot? VERY SELDOM
p. What are some of the emergencies people have with their braces?
q. Do you get to know the patients pretty well? Do they e-mail you? NOT YET
r. Which specialists do you work with?
ORAL SURGEONS AND PERIODONTISTS
s. What can kids do if their lips get hurt by the braces?
WAX & NaCl H2O
t. Do you recommend any special machines for cleaning teeth and braces? NONE
u. We heard that soda is bad for braces. Is that true?
SUGAR IS NEVER GOOD
v. What are some of the things kids tell you they are afraid of with their braces? PAIN
w. I heard that there are guards to put on if you play a wind instrument or play sports.
Are these guards a good idea? YES Are they hard to use? NO Are they expensive? UNSURE
x. Do you look at celebrities and think about whether they had braces?
Have you ever worked on someone who was or became a celebrity? NEVER
y. What do you think of computer imaging? Is it the same technology as when the police show what a missing kid would look like when they are older? Does it help kids work harder to take care of their braces? CAN BE A GOOD AID
z. Which part of getting braces do kids like the least? THE BANDS